Fantasy Football: Steven Jackson, Sam Bradford Depend On Wide Receiver Play

With Danario Alexander injured once again and the St. Louis Rams' receiving corps now looking like it belongs on a mid-range UFL team, the fantasy football prospects of the Rams' two biggest names, Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson, are as open a question as they've ever been. If Bradford doesn't find anybody to throw to, the Rams will have no choice but to pile carries onto Jackson, who's out for his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance.

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Bradford is coming off a game that was valuable in fantasy terms, thanks to the two touchdowns, but left less confidence in his future performance than most of his season to date. He struggled with accuracy and couldn't connect with any of his receivers, including Alexander, on a consistent basis. This week he'll be up against the 1-5 Carolina Panthers, but losing Alexander leaves him more reliant than ever on his tight ends and running backs. 

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Jackson has had a diminished role in the receiving game over the last few years, but he could emerge as a target by default if nobody emerges as a supplement to number-one-by-default Danny Amendola. In that case Jackson has a good chance of being a part of any touchdowns the Rams manage to come by—good news for owners that watched him pick up just four last season. 

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Of course, it comes down to whether he'll be able to play with his broken finger—Jackson himself says yes, Steve Spagnuolo says, "Well..." 

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